In today’s increasingly globalized society, direct international experience is a key component of a complete college education. The WVU Office of International Programs manages more than 400 exciting and life-enriching programs in over 60 countries all around the world. Study Abroad can be a life changing cultural experience and supports unique inquiry-based and experiential learning. All WVU students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) are required to register and have program approval with The Office of International Programs prior to departure when traveling abroad on university-related activities. The Office of International Programs has advisors who will guide the student through the study abroad process, assist in choosing a program based on interest and needs, ensure appropriate credit transfer and offer travel advice, and cultural information about living and learning overseas.
WVU Exchange Programs
WVU exchange programs are managed directly by the Office of International Programs in conjunction with over 30 select partner institutions around the world. These programs offer WVU students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or year at a sister institution. Students pay regular WVU tuition and fees and the host school provides full reciprocal services at a campus abroad. Room and board are paid either to WVU or the exchange institution, depending on the exchange agreement. WVU currently has exchange programs in:
- Hong Kong
- Northern Ireland
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
Faculty-led programs are study abroad experiences developed and organized by WVU faculty members in conjunction with the Office of International Programs. Students study in rigorous but exciting programs where coursework is directly supervised by WVU faculty members. These programs, available throughout the year, are focused on either general education or on specific disciplines such as:
- Political science
- Foreign languages
- Social work
- And much more
Past locations have included:
Contact the Office of International Programs or visit the website for a current listing of upcoming programs: http://internationalprograms.wvu.edu .
International Student Exchange Program
The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a worldwide network for international education. ISEP exchanges allow students from the United States and 27 other countries access to programs at member universities for a semester or a year. Students pay WVU tuition, fees, room, board, and an ISEP fee to WVU.
Amizade Global-Service Learning
Amizade programs are programs that integrate study abroad and community service. Past program locations have included:
- Navajo Nation
- Northern Ireland
Affiliate programs are study abroad opportunities available to WVU students through our affiliations with various study abroad organizations. Affiliate programs are available during the fall, spring, and summer terms as well as for a complete academic year. Students pay program fees directly to the affiliate organization.
Students must submit application materials to the Office of International Programs and complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation process for credit transfer approval. Students may enroll in courses to fulfill major, minor, or general education curriculum (GEC) requirements or for elective credit. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing before acceptance to WVU programs or to affiliate programs abroad. Participation in these programs also requires a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Exceptions may be made under special circumstances through appeal to the Office of International Programs, subject to approval of faculty leaders or program coordinators. Financial aid is available for many programs. WVU Promise Scholarship funds may be also used for certain programs. For more information, visit http://www.finaid.wvu.edu .
For more information, please see the International Programs website at http://internationalprograms.wvu.edu or visit room 326, third floor Stansbury Hall.